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MOT tests

Find out what an MOT test is, how to book one, the cost for an MOT test, how to book an MOT partial retest and how to request a duplicate MOT certificate. 

What is an MOT test and why do I need it?

An MOT test checks that your vehicle meets the minimum road safety and environmental standards.

When to get an MOT?

You must get an MOT for your vehicle:

  • at the third anniversary of its first registration date
  • on the anniversary of its last MOT, if your vehicle is 3 years old or over

An MOT lasts for a calendar year. The date it runs out  expiry date is printed on your current MOT certificate.

You can get an MOT up to a month (minus a day) before it runs out and keep the same renewal date. The earliest you can book an MOT to preserve the previous expiry date is one calendar month (minus a day). 

Depending on your vehicle type, you may need to test it require an MOT test at the first anniversary of its first registration date one year old – to check when your vehicle requires its first MOT test visit the MOT fees table on the GOV.UK website to see the type of vehicles which need to be tested at one year old.

Exempt vehicles

Vehicles that do not need an MOT include:

  • goods vehicles powered by electricity and registered before 1 March 2015
  • tractors
  • some historic (‘classic’) vehicles

For more information about vehicles that don’t need MOT, visit the getting an MOT test GOV.UK website.

What if the MOT has run out?

You cannot drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are:

  • to drive the vehicle to or from somewhere to be repaired
  • to take the vehicle to a pre-arranged MOT test

Please note: you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving a vehicle without a valid MOT certificate. 

How do I book an MOT test?

To book an MOT test, call the MOT test centre you want to use for the test.

Beverley Depot, Annie Reed Road, Beverley

To book an appointment call: (01482) 395781 or (01482) 395516. Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Carnaby Depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Bridlington

To book an appointment call: (01262) 401973. Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Goole Depot, Seavy Road, Goole

To book an appointment call: (01405) 766938. Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Please note: you can wait at the depot for your MOT test to be completed or you can leave  your vehicle and return later. An MOT test takes approximately an hour. 

How do I change or cancel an MOT booking?

To change or cancel an existing MOT booking, call the MOT test centre you contacted to book the appointment. 

What if my vehicle fails the MOT test?

If your vehicle failed the MOT test, you can book a vehicle partial retest. A partial retest must be done within 10 working days of your vehicle failing its initial MOT test.

A partial retest will only examine the items that your vehicle failed on during the full MOT test. 

Your partial retest must take place  at the same test centre as the original full test and it will take approximately 15 minutes.

Can I drive my vehicle if it failed the MOT test?

Your vehicle will fail the MOT test if the test result lists ‘dangerous’ or ‘major’ defects. You might not be allowed to drive it until the defects have been rectified.

If your vehicle fails the MOT:

  • you will receive a Refusal of an MOT test certificate 
  • your MOT test result will be recorded in the MOT database

Driving a vehicle that failed an MOT test

If your vehicle failed the MOT test, you can take your vehicle away if:

  • your current MOT certificate is still valid
  • no ‘dangerous’ defects were listed in the MOT 

Otherwise, you’ll need to get it repaired before you can take your vehicle away.

Please note: if you can take your vehicle away, it must still meet the minimum standards of roadworthiness at all times. You can be fined up to £2,500, be banned from driving and get 3 penalty points for driving a vehicle that has failed its MOT because of a dangerous problem. For more information about fines, visit the getting an MOT test GOV.UK website.

What if I missed my MOT test?

If you cancel an MOT test on the day of the test or fail to attend  your booked MOT test, there is no refund available and you will need to book it again. 

Please note: Any vehicle that fails an MOT test will be offered a free retest.  

What if I missed my MOT retest?

I failed to show on the day of the booking 

If you had an MOT retest booking but failed to show on the day, you will receive an e-mail on the same day explaining what will happen next. 

The condition of my vehicle prevented the retest to be completed   

If your MOT retest could not be completed because you presented the vehicle in a  condition which prevented us from completing the MOT retest, you need to book a full MOT test again. You will not be refunded. 

My MOT retest was not completed due to other reasons  

If we failed to complete your MOT retest because we experienced  issues, such as equipment failure, you will be asked if you want to book an MOT partial retest again or you want to receive a refund. You will be refunded via the same payment method you used to pay.

How do I prepare my vehicle for the MOT test?

We will not be able to perform an MOT test on your vehicle if:

  • your vehicle is too dirty that examination is unreasonably difficult
  • parts of the vehicle cannot be opened, such as a door, tailgate, boot, engine cover or the fuel cap
  • the vehicle is in  a dangerous condition and considered unsafe 
  • the vehicle’s registration mark, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or frame number is missing or cannot be read clearly enough 
  • the vehicle cannot be driven due to lack of fuel, oil or any other reason
  • you are unable present a valid log book (V5C)
  • the vehicle emits substantial quantities of smoke

Please note: the above criteria also applies to a partial retest. Your vehicle needs to be in an appropriate and acceptable state for a partial retest to be completed.

What vehicles are eligible for an MOT test by the council? 

We can provide MOT testing to the following types of vehicles:

  • cars (up to 8 passenger seats)
  • motor caravans
  • quads (max unladen weight 400kg - for goods vehicles 550kg and max net power of 15kw
  • dual purpose vehicles
  • private hire and public service vehicles (up to 8 seats)
  • ambulances and taxis
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (9 to 12 passenger seats)
  • goods vehicles (up to 3,000kg design gross weight)
  • class 4 vehicles (9 to 12 passenger seats) with a seat belt installation check
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (13 to 16 passenger seats)
  • private passenger vehicles and ambulances (more than 16 passenger seats)
  • playbuses
  • class 5 vehicles (13 to 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
  • class 5 vehicles (more than 16 passenger seats) with a seatbelt installation check
  • goods vehicles (over 3,000kg up to 3,500kg design gross weight)

Please note: the council test centres can only accommodate single decker vehicles.

Where are the MOT test centres? 

The council has three MOT test centres:

Beverley Depot, Annie Reed Road, Beverley

Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Carnaby Depot, Carnaby Industrial Estate, Bridlington

Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

Goole Depot, Seavy Road, Goole

Opening hours: 6am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

How much does the MOT test cost?

Charges for MOT testing are based on your vehicle type.

Please note: prices for dual purpose vehicles depend on the seat number of the vehicle. 

How do I get a duplicate MOT certificate?

To request a duplicate MOT certificate, call the MOT test centre which completed your MOT test.

Please note: there is a £10 fee for a duplicate MOT certificate. 

How do I complain about my MOT test?

If your vehicle failed an MOT test but you believe that it should have passed, you can contact us to discuss your case.

Email: motbeverley@eastriding.gov.uk

You can appeal or complain to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you think the failure of your MOT test was wrong. Find out more about MOT test result appeals and problems on the GOV.UK website.

What is a pre-purchased vehicle inspection?

A pre-purchase vehicle inspection allows customers to receive an independent vehicle inspection detailing the condition of a vehicle before they buy it.

How do I book?

To book a pre-purchase inspection, call one of our test centres. 

How do I change or cancel a booking?

To change or cancel an existing booking, call the test centre you contacted when you booked the appointment. 

What if I missed my booked inspection?

If you failed to show on the day of your booked inspection, you will need to book it again.

Please note: a fee may apply.

Can the inspection be undertaken without me being present?

The inspection takes approximately an hour. You can wait while the inspection is carried out or you can leave the vehicle and collect it later in the day.

Does the inspection come with a warranty?

The inspection comes with no warranty.

Do I get a report after the inspection?

You will receive a report after the inspection. The report will include details about the vehicle’s condition and an approximation of the vehicle’s current market value.

What vehicles can be inspected? 

There are no exemptions regarding the vehicles which could be inspected.

How much does it cost?

There is a £60 charge (including VAT) for a pre-purchase inspection.